Ghost on Pi

Sep 19, 2015
[Ghost]( is open source blogging platform written in [Node.js]( that offers self hosting and hosted service.

We are going to self host Ghost on a Raspberry Pi.

This guide will take you through the steps of setting up a self hosted Ghost production environment.

I am working on this setup with a clean install of Raspbian and headless setup, you can lean how to enable SSH from here.

You can SSH into your Raspberry Pi(Mac/Linux). If you are a Windows user you need to use Putty

“` ssh pi@the-ip-address-of-the-pi “`
The default username and password of the Raspbian install is.

user: pi

password: raspberry

Installing Node.js

Downloading Node.js(NPM ships with it)

“` wget “`
Installing Node.js(required by Ghost)
“` sudo dpkg -i node_latest_armhf.deb “`
Installing Sqlite required by Ghost.
“` sudo apt-get install sqlite3 “`
Installing NGINX(used to reverse proxy Ghost)
“` sudo apt-get install nginx-full “`
Installing Supervisor(to manage Ghost)
“` sudo apt-get install supervisor “`
#### Ghost setup

This will download the latest version of Ghost.

“` wget “`
Unzipping the folder we just downloaded.
“` unzip -d Ghost “`
Set ``Ghost/` as the current directory`
``` cd Ghost/ ```
Installing dependencies used by Ghost using ``NPM`.`
``` npm install --production ```
Run the command below to see everything works fine.
``` npm start --production ```
Time to setup turn Ghost into a service.

Creating the <code class="highlighter-rouge">ghost.conf file for Supervisor to manage Ghost.

``` touch /etc/supervisor/conf.d/ghost.conf ```
Editing the file, you can choose any editor you like.
``` nano /etc/supervisor/conf.d/ghost.conf ```
Add these lines to the ``ghost.conf` file.`
``` [program:ghost] command = npm start --production directory = /home/pi/Ghost/ user = pi autostart = true autorestart = true stdout_logfile = /var/log/supervisor/ghost.log stderr_logfile = /var/log/supervisor/ghost_err.log environment = NODE_ENV="production" ```
Now save the file, in nano CTRL + X + Y.

You can start Supervisor, if it did not start after installing.

``` service supervisord start ```
Now set Supervisor to run on startup.
``` sudo update-rc.d supervisord defaults ```
Starting Ghost service we just created.
``` sudo supervisord start ghost ```
Ghost will be running in production in port 2368.

Reverse proxying Ghost with NGINX.

Editing the <code class="highlighter-rouge">default file.

``` nano /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default ```
Add these lines
``` server { listen 80; server_name; # Change this to your hostname``` location / { proxy_pass; proxy_set_header Host $host; proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr; }


Save the file

Now restart NGINX.

``` service nginx restart ```
Now visit your Raspberry Pi ip address. You will be presented with a beautiful setup screen.

You can edit the Ghost hostname and other settings by editing the <code class="highlighter-rouge">config.js stored in the Ghost folder.

Services like DynDNS can be used to manage hostname, if you want your Ghost blog to be public and use a domain name instead of the ip address.

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